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A Girl and Her Gator [NOOK Book]

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Claire—the sister of the “boy who one day woke up with a bunny on his head”—discovers that she too has a strange new condition: When she looks in the mirror, there is a gator in her hair! What is she to do? Panic? Run to Mother? Or, like her brother, learn to enjoy her new friend? With endearing characters and simple, chuckle-worthy rhyme schemes, Sean Bryan and Tom Murphy, the author and illustrator of A Boy and His Bunny, have once again worked their magic. In Claire, they have created an equally spunky and ...
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Overview

Claire—the sister of the “boy who one day woke up with a bunny on his head”—discovers that she too has a strange new condition: When she looks in the mirror, there is a gator in her hair! What is she to do? Panic? Run to Mother? Or, like her brother, learn to enjoy her new friend? With endearing characters and simple, chuckle-worthy rhyme schemes, Sean Bryan and Tom Murphy, the author and illustrator of A Boy and His Bunny, have once again worked their magic. In Claire, they have created an equally spunky and lovable character, bound to delight and entertain young children and their parents.
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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Fresh from A Boy and His Bunny (about which PW said, "Silly rhymes and effortless doodles imply that readers might invent more bunny-on-your-head activities"), in which a boy awakens literally with a bunny on his head, the same author-artist duo presents a girl with an alligator similarly attached, A Girl and Her Gator by Sean Bryan, illus. by Tom Murphy. Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
School Library Journal
K-Gr 2-When Claire discovers a gator on top of her hair, she is worried. However, Pierre assures her that she can do anything with him there-go to the fair, give her brother a scare, be a zillionaire, or eat an clair. A convinced Claire attends ballet class, where everyone whispers and stares-because it's cool to have a gator up there. Repetition of the phrase "with a gator up there" paired with the singsong rhyme makes Bryan's slight and silly story great fun to read aloud. The text is placed in and around characters and objects and some of it is in big and bold font, which adds a nice visual appeal to the tale. Murphy's spare, childlike line drawings are done in pink, green, and yellow with plenty of white space. This simple color scheme fits the story to a tee. Pair this tale with Bryan's A Boy and His Bunny (Arcade, 2005) and David Small's Imogene's Antlers (Random, 1988) for a things-on-your-head-themed storytime.-Catherine Callegari, Gay-Kimball Library, Troy, NH Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Claire is having more than a bad-hair day. When she discovers a small green gator named Pierre perched on top of her hair, she remains remarkably composed, but isn't sure she wants him there. Claire worries her friends will "whisper and gossip and stare" and fears Pierre will cramp her style. Comfortably ensconced, Pierre assures Claire she can do anything with a gator on top of her hair. Next Claire wonders "what should a girl wear with a gator up there," and Pierre guarantees she will "always have flair." So with great panache and aplomb, Claire heads to ballet class where her friends do whisper and stare at a very "cool" Claire and her gator. Comic black-line drawings with gator-green and girlie-pink tints complement the amusing rhyming text. In this cute successor to A Boy and His Bunny (2005), Bryan and Murphy answer the ageless question of how does a girl cope with a gator in her hair. Very well indeed, if you're the incomparable Claire. (Picture book. 3-6)
Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books
“Entertainingly loopy with its off-the-wall situation and imagina- tive pell-mell rhyme . . . Planes of apple green and sugar pink dominate the illustrations, while sturdy yet light-hearted line work creates matter-of-factly fantastical scenarios.”
Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
“Entertainingly loopy with its off-the-wall situation and imagina- tive pell-mell rhyme . . . Planes of apple green and sugar pink dominate the illustrations, while sturdy yet light-hearted line work creates matter-of-factly fantastical scenarios.”
Children's Literature - JoAn Watson Martin
Clair works at developing nice manners. She tries to share graciously, but one morning she looked in the mirror. WOW! A gator was sitting on top of her hair. He loved the view from the top and the air proved to be fresh. After all he comes from the swamp—low lands filled with brackish water and a smelly atmosphere. Clair knew her friends would whisper and gossip when they spotted her with a gator on top of her head. The clever alligator offered several suggestions that would make all her friends think it was cool and wished they had a gator on top of their heads. Sounds like fun. Sean Bryan's ambition is to write an entire literary genre (bunches of picture books). This is his second tale using the kid-with-animal-on-head theme. Tom Murphy's minimal details on white backgrounds spotlight the characters. Reviewer: JoAn Watson Martin
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781628721256
  • Publisher: Arcade Publishing
  • Publication date: 6/7/2011
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 32
  • File size: 4 MB

Meet the Author

Sean Bryan is the author of numerous children’s books, including A Girl and Her Gator,
A Bear and His Boy, and The Juggling Pug. He works at a New York advertising agency and lives with his wife and son in Darien,
Connecticut.

Tom Murphy is the illustrator of numerous books, including four books with Sean Bryan.
He also works in advertising. He lives with his wife and two children in Westchester, New York.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 4, 2013

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  • Posted October 8, 2012

    Super Cute

    This story is simply delightful in every aspect. The illustrations have a simple, child-like quality to them which really enhance the entertaining story of Claire and her gator.

    While the story is rather silly and humorous, the issue of fitting in is addressed. Claire worries that people will stare, and what her friends will think of her when they see her with a gator on her head. The gator assures her that it will all be fine, and it is! Everyone notices the gator, but they all think it is a pretty neat thing to have a gator on your head.

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  • Posted February 27, 2012

    more from this reviewer

    What could be greater?

    One day a girl named Claire
    gets out of bed and finds a gator in her hair.
    Being reasonable, Claire asks the gator (Pierre)
    to vacate her head before people stare.
    To which Pierre responds "Au contrair!"
    explaining why any other girl would wish for a gator in her hair.
    Such is the story created by Sean Bryan and Tom Murphy
    in their second book where things get topsy turvy.
    Now might also be the time,
    to mention that it's written in rhyme.

    Joking aside, A Girl and Her Gator (2006) is one of my favorite picture books of all time. I found it in the library where I work last year and have been hooked ever since. I read it to coworkers, I read it to the eight-year-olds that came to my read alouds, I read it to my friends. The point being that everyone--from that wide range of ages--thought the book was great. Sean Bryan's writing is fantastic. You wouldn't think there are that many ways rhyme "gator" but Bryan comes up with quite a few. The story, of course, is funny as Pierre tries to explain the benefits of having a gator in her hair to Claire. But by the end of the story it also shows readers that it's not only okay to be different, it can also be really fun. A great message that I don't think readers can hear enough.

    As amazing as Bryan's writing is, the words only really come to life with Tom Murphy's illustrations. The drawings have sharp outlines and simple compositions (just the basic elements needed to convey the story) which are great for younger readers because the images are easy to decipher. The illustration style also makes it great to read aloud to a group because the clean images can be "read" easily from a distance.

    I haven't worked out how to use these elements to my advantage, but I also like that the book has a definite color scheme (pink, as the cover suggests) and that it spends so much time on what attire goes best with a gator (I say "pirate wear" though the authors disagreed).

    I loved this book so much that I was thrilled when I found out that there was not only a prequel (A Boy and His Bunny from 2005) but also a sequel that was published in 2007 called A Bear and His Boy.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 6, 2011

    Recommended

    My niece loves this book. When is it coming in Nook color format?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 15, 2006

    daughter can't get enough.....so cute !

    Adorable fast paced little book. My 5 year old just loves it....especially since we're Floridians and there are gators everywhere !

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